As much as I love Steph Curry and John Wall, they both have a pair of bad factors. They are priced very highly and are in poor matchups. I think their ability to provide 6x is very limited. I am looking at Derrick Rose ($6,000) as my favorite option. He’s the only other PG on the slate with 50 point upside and has played admirably lately. He’s been a near lock to provide 5x value but can explode at any time. He could threaten 20 shot attempts in this up-tempo game against Washington. Additionally, Rose is averaging 4.6 DKPPG more at home this season than on the road.
You have to love Gerald Green ($4,100) who has played a large role for the Heat in their last two games, playing 34 minutes in each and returned 33.5 and 27.5 DK points in the span. He’s basically blow-out proof since he’s a second unit player. He should see +-30 minutes in this game no matter the outcome. He’s been a much more confident shooter as of late, not afraid to spot up from beyond the arc (16 3PAs in his last three games).
Jimmy Butler ($8,300) might be the best play on the slate today. He’s playing outside his mind, averaging 28.5 PPG and 47.4 DKPPG. If you like minutes, Jimmy gets minutes! He’s played exactly 39 minutes in four straight games and can score you points in every single category. He’s plug and play in all formats on this short slate.
“Wildly Inconsistent” is an under-statement for Jared Dudley ($4,400). He either plays awesome or terrible with very little outcomes in-between. When he’s going well, Dudley is a talented scorer who works hard on both ends of the court. He can rack up a handful of every stat and earns the high energy plays like blocks and steals. When it’s going bad, he disappears for the entire game and you wouldn’t even know he’s on the court. What he does get consistently, however, is minutes. He’s played 28+ minutes in six straight games which is going to be hard to find for a guy who only costs $4,400. He’s limited to a GPP play only.
I highly recommend trying to work Draymond Green ($10,000) into your lineups. What he’s doing right now is just insane and if you’ve followed basketball for only the last two weeks, you’d think he’s the greatest player to ever play the game. He’s been that good. If you can’t afford him or want to fade, Chris Bosh ($7,800) is your consolation prize. The talented seven-footer is averaging 38.1 DraftKings PPG over his last six contests. He’s now scored 20+ real points in ten of his last twelve and is becoming one of the more consistent fantasy forwards. He should benefit from an increased pace versus Golden State, assuming they can keep it close to the end.
Here are the last five games for Nikola Mirotic ($5,700): 43.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26.5 and 47.5 DraftKings points. He’s playing, by far, the best basketball that he’s played all season and his minutes continue to increase as a result. No one is streakier than Mirotic, but he’s scorching hot right now, coming off a 24-10 outing. I would be worried just a bit if Joakim Noah is able to suit up tonight, but other than that, Mirotic is a go in GPP lineups.
The ownership levels of centers is going to be very intriguing, There are three or four legit options at the top of this position, and none would surprise me if they showed up as the top center. I prefer Marcin Gortat ($6,700) who is not only the cheapest center, he’s in the best matchup and he should earn the most guaranteed usage on his team. Gortat has emerged as the second scoring option on the Wizards behind John Wall. He’s averaging 32.5 DraftKings points per game over his last six while scoring no less than 28 DK pts in any of his last ten games. The Bulls have allowed the most points to opposing centers this season, so fire up Gortat in all formats.
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